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Flower shop owner stole plants from cemetery for months, police say
Posted May 01, 2017, 06:17 by Mave in News
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Flower shop owner stole plants from cemetery for months, police say



PEQUANNOCK TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Police say a flower shop owner stole plants and other items from graves at a New Jersey cemetery for months.

Capt. Christopher DePuyt says police installed surveillance cameras at the First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pequannock Township after two plants disappeared from the mausoleum and replacement plants were stolen two days later.

He says the cameras caught a woman in a minivan taking the plants and Riverdale officers recognized her as a former police dispatcher and current flower shop owner.

Authorities charged 59-year-old Lynda Wingate, of Riverdale, with the disorderly person's offense of theft of moveable property.

DePuyt says Wingate claimed she was cleaning up old flowers from graves of people she knew, but he says that isn't the case.

A message seeking comment was left at her flower shop.

Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2017/04/flower_shop_owner_stole_plants.html
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Wikipedia blocked in Turkey
Posted April 29, 2017, 05:47 by Mave in News
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Wikipedia blocked in Turkey

A block affecting all language editions of the website detected at 8:00AM local time Saturday 29 April. The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country.

Certain subdomains remained partially available on ISP TTNet at the time of writing, while the restriction appears to by fully implemented on Uydunet, Turkcell and other fixed line and mobile service providers.



All language editions of the site are affected and the restriction is in place with multiple service providers.

The BTK/ICTA portal reports that the site has been blocked under a provisional administrative order.

Source: https://turkeyblocks.org/2017/04/29/wikipedia-blocked-turkey/

Apparently Erdogan doesn't believe in facts.
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To avoid trip with girlfriend, travel agent sent ‘hijack threat’ to airports
Posted April 24, 2017, 05:53 by Mave in News
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To avoid trip with girlfriend, travel agent sent ‘hijack threat’ to airports

 M. Vamshi Krishna, the man who sent the e-mail, was arrested by Hyderabad police.

The Hyderabad Police on Thursday arrested a travel agent who sent an e-mail five days ago to the Mumbai police about possible hijack attempts at the Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports.

Though it was mentioned the e-mail sender was a woman, the person turned out to be M. Vamshi Krishna, a man. “He promised his girlfriend living in Chennai that he would take her on a jolly trip to Mumbai by flight but had no money to book the ticket,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy told The Hindu.

While chatting online, he tried to convince her to cancel the trip but she didn’t pay heed to his request. “Unable to explain to girlfriend that he had no money for the trip, Vamshi decided to create a situation so that flights are cancelled,” Mr. Reddy said.

Vamshi created a fake ticket in his girlfriend's name from Chennai to Mumbai for April 16 and mailed it to her. A day before the scheduled journey, he went to an Internet café in S.R. Nagar and created a fake email id and mailed the Mumbai Police Commissioner.

The e-mail sent by the 'unidentified woman' claimed that “ that a group of 23 people were going to hijack aircraft from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai airports. what she had heard could be true or untrue, but she chose to inform the authorities as she felt it was her duty to do so as a citizen". The e-mail ended with a line that read, “Don’t try to find me because you won’t be able to".

Source and more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/travel-agent-held-for-hijack-threat-e-mail/article18152020.ece
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Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 tomahawk missiles
Posted April 07, 2017, 03:39 by Mave in News
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Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 tomahawk missiles



The U.S. military attacked a Syria-government airfield with 59 tomahawk missiles on Thursday evening.

The missiles targeted the Shayrat Airfield near Homs, and were in response to a Tuesday chemical weapons attack. Officially announcing the strike, President Donald Trump said that the targeted airfield had launched the chemical attack on a rebel-held area, and he called on other nations to oppose Syria's embattled leader.

"On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack," Trump said during a Thursday address.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Russia had failed to carry out a 2013 agreement to secure Syrian chemical weapons, adding that Moscow was either complicit or incompetent in its ability to uphold that deal.

Tillerson said that the U.S. had a high degree of confidence that sarin nerve gas had been used in Tuesday's chemical attack in northern Syria.

Source and more: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/06/us-military-has-launched-more-50-than-missiles-aimed-at-syria-nbc-news.html

And so it begins...
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Footballer accidentally thanks his wife AND girlfriend
Posted March 20, 2017, 06:51 by Mave in News
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Footballer accidentally thanks his wife and girlfriend




Ghanaian footballer Mohammed Anas made a hilarious blunder in what is being called 'the greatest man of the match speech of all time.'

Anas earned the award after putting in a stellar performance for his Free State Stars team in their 2-2 draw with Ajax Cape Town on Friday evening.

After bagging the man of the match award with a standout two-goal display, Anas began his obligatory post-match interview with a revealing slip of the tongue.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/03/18/footballer-accidentally-thanks-wife-girlfriend-incredible-man/
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NASA's Big Announcement: 7 Earth-Like Planets Orbit One Nearby Star
Posted February 23, 2017, 06:23 by Mave in News
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Seven Earth-Like Planets Orbit One Nearby Star



The most promising place to search for life outside our solar system just got even more enticing.

Last year, a research team operating the ESO's Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope, or TRAPPIST, discovered that a small, dim red dwarf star about 39 light-years away had three planets orbiting it. All three exoplanets were about the size of Earth and in the so-called "Goldilocks Zone" where temperatures can hover between 0 and 100 degrees C—the ideal conditions for liquid water and, perhaps, life.

The team, lead by Michaël Gillon of the STAR Institute at the University of Liège in Belgium, eagerly turned more telescopes toward TRAPPIST-1, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the ESO's Very Large Telescope. Now, a paper published today in Nature reveals that TRAPPIST-1 has not three but seven Earth-sized planets, six of which are likely rocky, and all seven could possibly support liquid water.



"All of these planets are the best targets found so far to search for signs of life in the next decade, and it is remarkable that they are all transiting the same star," co-author and MIT planetary scientist Julien de Wit told Popular Mechanics in an email. "This means that the system will allow us to study each planet in great depth, providing for the first time a rich perspective on a different planetary system than ours."

Source and more: http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a25336/seven-earth-like-planets-trappist-1/
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Galaxy Note 7 battery factory catches fire
Posted February 09, 2017, 06:44 by Mave in News
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Galaxy Note 7 battery factory catches fire

A fire broke out in a Chinese factory that supplied batteries for Samsung’s explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Wednesday morning.



Samsung SDI Co., a supplier of batteries to the Galaxy Note 7, said a “minor fire” broke out in the plant in suburban Tianjin’s Wuqing district but was quickly put out.

No one was injured in the incident, news portal Sina.com.cn reported.

Photos circulated on Chinese social media showed plumes of black smoke rising from a factory that users said was operated by Samsung SDI.

Local environmental protection officials arrived around 4pm to monitor air quality for possible pollution, Sina.com.cn said.

Shin Yong-doo, a Samsung SDI spokesperson, told Bloomberg that the fire occurred at a waste depository and not a production facility. It did not affect production, Shin said.

Samsung SDI, affiliated to Samsung Electronics, is one of the two battery suppliers for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

The phones have been under fire after multiple reports of explosions caused by their batteries overheating. Samsung suspended sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in September and announced a global recall.

Source: https://www.technobuffalo.com/2017/02/08/galaxy-note-7-battery-factory-catches-fire/
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Huge cannabis factory uncovered at Legoland
Posted February 07, 2017, 08:18 by Mave in News
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Huge cannabis factory uncovered at Legoland



Police found 50 of the chest-high plants being cultivated under heat lamps and an irrigation system in a bungalow at the park in Windsor.

But theme park bosses say the vacant building is inaccessible to the public and “appears to have been accessed via the Crown Estate” - land belonging to the Queen.

Astonished workers discovered the professional set up while looking for asbestos in what is understood to be derelict staff accommodation yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Legoland said: “Following routine checks, we can confirm that illegal substances were found in a derelict cottage outside of the LEGOLAND Park boundary.

“The building in question is inaccessible to the public and appears to have been accessed via the Crown Estate.

“We have notified Thames Valley Police and we will continue to support their ongoing investigation.”

Source and more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/huge-cannabis-factory-uncovered-at-legoland-1-4359793



The cops should have figured this out sooner. I mean all the pieces were there, they just needed to connect them.
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Man told for years he was ‘just fat’ has 130-pound tumor removed
Posted February 07, 2017, 08:15 by Mave in News
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Man told for years he was ‘just fat’ has 130-pound tumor removed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Mississippi man is recovering at a hospital in California after doctors removed a 130-pound benign tumor.

For 15 years, the tumor had grown on Roger Logan’s abdomen until it reached the size of a small adult, according to KERO.

“Usually at home I would sit and it would rest on the floor,” Logan, 57, said about the tumor that he says doctors dismissed for years as “just fat.”

Logan said he was practically confined to a reclining chair inside a room he rarely left.

“They said it’s just fat, you’re just fat … it’s just fat developing there,” Logan said.

Doctors believe the benign tumor likely started because of an ingrown hair, then grew quickly.

“From here up I was a normal person,” Logan said, explaining what his daily struggle was like. “I used to say ‘Put a strap around you and (carry) three bags of cement around you all day long, just swinging.'”

Source and more: http://kdvr.com/2017/02/04/man-told-for-years-he-was-just-fat-has-130-pound-tumor-removed/
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EU reaches mobile roaming deal: no more roaming fees!
Posted February 02, 2017, 07:36 by Mave in News
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EU reaches mobile roaming deal



The deal will allow EU citizens to ‘roam like at home’ from the middle of this year.

The European Union reached a deal early Wednesday morning that should pave the way for consumers to use their mobile phones throughout the 28-country region without paying roaming fees.

Three-way negotiations between the European Parliament, Council and Commission ended just after midnight with a pact on the pace of slashing rates telecom companies charge each other, according to the office of Parliament’s rapporteur Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, a Finnish member of the Socialists & Democrats.

The bloc agreed to cap wholesale mobile data prices at €7.70 per gigabyte from June 15, decreasing to €6 as of January 1, 2018. The fees will slide to €4.5 per gigabyte in 2019, €3.5 in 2020, €3 in 2021 and then to €2.5 in 2022, Kumpula-Natri’s office said.

Source and more: http://www.politico.eu/article/eu-reaches-mobile-roaming-deal/?utm_content=buffer4ae8f
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